"I wanted to do something to spark us," Roberts said after an 0-for-4 day. "Whatever happens, you have to make adjustments. You have to answer the bell. It was unfortunate what happened [on Friday] night."Roberts didn't get much sleep, catching an early flight out of Las Vegas on Saturday after a night game. He hopes that his presence can help fill out the lineup. "The first month of the season, I was dealing with this elbow," he said. "Now I feel 100 times better than before. I expect great things out of myself. It's an offensive unit, and guys have to do the job no matter where they are. We're getting solid pitching. We just have to find ways to win baseball games. We'll be fine." Zito, who pitched magnificently in winning his last three starts, matched his season low of four innings in losing for the first time at home since April 8, a span of five starts. No earned runs in 17 consecutive innings, a three-game winning streak. It was vintage Zito. Then it all came crashing down around him again, just like it did in his start in Oakland. Zito (6-6) lasted four innings, giving up three earned runs on nine hits. He walked one and struck out two. "It's frustrating out there when you're getting fly balls and seeing-eye base hits," he said. "It was just weird stuff going on out there. It's certainly not satisfying." His line in two games against his former team: 10 earned runs in eight innings, eight walks, four strikeouts and two losses. His ERA against Oakland is 11.25, compared with 3.29 against the rest of baseball. "Except for [Eric] Chavez's double and Buck's double, they didn't hit that many balls hard," Zito said. "I pitched myself out of the game with all those pitches." And for the eighth time in 13 starts, the Giants provided him with two or fewer runs of support. Give him at least four runs of support, and he wins 95 percent of the time.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.